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Apply now for CSP funding: Where high performance equals high payment

Gail Bartok, ASTC - P

SOMERSET, N.J., April 2, 2021 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New Jersey is now accepting applications through May 7, 2021 for the Conservation Stewardship Program’s (CSP) FY21 funding. The program not only helps producers maintain and improve their existing conservation efforts but assists them in adopting additional conservation activities to strengthen their operations all at the same time. With CSP, the higher the conservation performance – the higher the payment.

“Our farmers and landowners continuously deliver on their promise to practice good conservation throughout the state,” said New Jersey State Conservationist Julie Hawkins. “Through CSP, we get to reward them for that and help them strengthen their operation by building on those efforts. To me, that’s a win-win.”

For producers who are already taking steps to improve the condition of their land, CSP can help them find ways to meet their goals.

CSP is for working lands including cropland, pastureland, nonindustrial private forest land and agricultural land under the jurisdiction of a tribe. Participating farmers will further address priority resource concerns related to soil quality, water quality, air quality, and plant health. On-farm benefits include increased crop yields, decreased inputs, wildlife population improvements, and better resilience to weather variables.

Through updates to the 2018 Farm Bill, New Jersey farmers will also benefit from:

  • Increased payment rates for certain conservation activities, including the adoption of cover crop rotations and resource conserving crop rotations.
  • Provided specific support for organic and transitioning to organic production activities.

NRCS provides financial and technical assistance to help agricultural producers address resource concerns through conservation programs authorized by the Farm Bill. NRCS accepts applications for conservation programs year-round and are processed when funding becomes available. Interested producers should contact their local NRCS service center.

For more information about CSP, click here.